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Document ID (ISN)100978
CIS number 02-1678
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Guo H.R.
Title Working hours spent on repeated activities and prevalence of back pain
Bibliographic information Oct. 2002, Vol.59, No.10, p.680-688. 45 ref.
Abstract To evaluate the association between working hours spent on repeated activities and back pain, data gathered through the 1988 National Health Interview Survey in the United States were analysed. 30,074 workers had participated in the survey. They were asked to provide information on their job, including the time spent on repeated strenuous physical activities (RSPA) and the time spent on repeated bending, twisting or reaching (RBTR) on a typical job, and where applicable to report the cause of their back pain. The prevalence of back pain increased as the number of working hours spent on RSPA or RBTR increased. The prevalence of back pain due to repeated activities was 8.9% among male workers and 5.9% among female workers. Carpenters had the highest prevalence (19.2%) among men, and health care personnel had the highest prevalence (15.2%) among women.
Descriptors (primary) repetitive work; risk factors; backache; hours of work
Descriptors (secondary) occupational accidents; subjective assessment; USA; frequency rates; injuries; health care personnel; sex-linked differences; carpentry
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceTaiwan (China)
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Hours of work
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system